Philadelphia Science Festival

April 9 and April 21-29, 2017

University of the Sciences is a core collaborator of the Philadelphia Science Festival, an innovative, nine-day celebration that explores the many ways that science and technology touch our everyday lives. A citywide collaboration, the Festival unites more than 200 of the region’s most influential institutions, museums and cultural centers in a common goal.

The Festival’s signature Science Carnival, which in previous years has attracted more than 30,000 attendees to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, takes place at the vibrant Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

USciences faculty, staff, and students take part in some of the 100-plus events available throughout the Festival. Presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The Franklin Institute, the Festival brings science to restaurants, parks, breweries, libraries, museums and other neighborhood places! Details at


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Sunday, April 9

Science Night at the Ballpark
Use the code "SCIENCE" for an $8 discount on tickets. Gates open at 11:35 a.m. for activities, game time is at 1:35 p.m. TICKET REQUIRED

Root for the Phillies as they take on the Nationals and explore sports related science activities all throughout the first level concourse prior to and during the game. Join the Phanatic for a science themed dugout dance and get excited for the upcoming Festival! Keep an eye out for students and faculty from the Physical Therapy Department as they measure the bat swing speed of attendees.

Friday, April 21

Science After Hours
At The Franklin Institute from 7 to 10 p.m.
Price: $20; $15 for Franklin Institute Members TICKET REQUIRED

Adults: Put on your prom apparel (if you want!) and join the Franklin Institute for a prom themed night of hands on science!  This kick-off party will engage you in a variety of hands-on science activities, live performances, and don’t forget to take your prom picture before you leave!   Look out for USciences neurobiology students and faculty from the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department!

Saturday, April 22

Science in the Park
Clark Park from 1 to 5 p.m. FREE

West Philadelphia is home to some of the world’s leading researchers, medical doctors, and training programs. Join these scientists, engineers, and students for a jam-packed day of exciting, hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy (and understand)! Watch robots dance, learn about your brain, and launch a rocket…right in West Philadelphia! Join faculty and students from the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, and the Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics Departments for hands-on activities. 

Sunday, April 23
Be a Pharmacist, PT, or OT!
University of the Sciences, Integrated Professional Education Complex from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FREE

Join us in the IPEX building at University of the Science to learn the roles of a pharmacist, physical therapist, and occupational therapist through interactive activities. Families will then help patients in a team based setting, where these three professions work together in the patient’s treatment!  Finally, have a meet and greet with professional faculty and students to ask questions and learn why these professionals are critical to quality health care!  

Fishtown Science Crawl
Various Locations on Frankford Ave. from 2 to 5 p.m.
Free to attend, $5 wristband for happy hour prices at all venues FREE/TICKET SUGGESTED

Adults: Toast science and innovation and take bar hopping to a whole new level during the Fishtown Science Crawl! Enjoy great drink specials at awesome Fishtown venues and engage in hands-on science activities with some of your favorite museums and science organizations! Keep an eye out for the faculty and students from brewing science, neuroscience, and statistics!

Murder at the Mütter®
Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. SOLD OUT

A museum docent has died suddenly under mysterious circumstances after a gala event at the College of Physicians celebrating a new exhibition on human skin. Was her untimely death from natural causes, or is there a killer on the loose at the Mütter Museum? Participants will work with investigators and forensic experts at different evidence stations to experience the science of criminal investigation and solve the mystery. The afternoon includes two hours of programming followed by a cocktail reception and light hors d’oeuvres. Program will begin promptly at 2:30 pm. Ages: 16 and up (ages 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or over). Jillian Fesolvich from the forensics program will take part.

Monday, April 24
Cocktail Lab: Rum
Independence Seaport Museum from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. TICKET REQUIRED

Have a barrel of fun in this interactive program getting to the heart of every pirate’s favorite beverage: rum! Tickle your taste buds with tinctures and savor the science of spices as you learn the do’s and don’ts of distilling rum from head to tail. The proof is in the pour: this program will make you an expert on anything rum with faulty from the Chemistry Department.

Tuesday, April 25

Neighborhood Science After School
Kingsessing Library from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. FREE

The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations. Faculty from the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department will take part. At the USciences table attendees will be able to sharpen their scientific skills by thinking about what will happen is a variety of chemical reactions.

Saturday, April 29

Science Carnival at Penn's Landing
Great Plaza at Penn's Landing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE

You've never experienced an outdoor carnival like this one! The Carnival at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing features more than 175 exhibitors offering non-stop, family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, games, and a packed line-up of live entertainment. Enjoy making slime, meeting live zoo animals, checking out the inner-workings of robots, taking a tour of a helicopter, extracting DNA from a strawberry, testing a “crime scene” for forensic evidence, and so much more! USciences will have booths with faculty and students from physics.